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The Pains of Racism in Criminal Justice and Criminology


Hood’s search for racism in his landmark study Race and Sentencing evoked the power of positivist certainty and a resolute shaking-off of the ephemerality of race. It offered a binaristic precision illustrating how court decision-making was influenced by the social language of brown and black skin personified in the dock in the late 1980s.

Decades later, conceptual and theoretical advances necessitate an approach in which we must hold in our hands, like the scales of justice, the ambivalent complexities of racialisation and racism to fully appreciate their enduring force in the present. This lecture seeks to describe and analyse the place of race in the criminal justice and the criminological fields. In so doing it seeks to integrate the structural, political, cultural, and affective dimensions of race to articulate the elusive logics of accurate reasoning in our field.



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Registrations will close at 12 midday on Wednesday 2nd June.  The link will be sent to you later that afternoon. 



Meet the Speaker: Professor Coretta Phillips

Coretta Phillips

Coretta Phillips is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she has worked since 2001. Coretta's research interests lie in the field of race, ethnicity, crime, criminal justice, and social policy. She is currently working on an ESRC-funded multidisciplinary project, Gypsy and Traveller Experiences of Crime and Justice Since the 1960s: A Mixed Methods Study ( Coretta's most recent book, The Multicultural Prison (2012) published by Oxford University Press jointly won the Criminology Book Prize in 2013 and it was shortlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed/British Sociological Association Award for Ethnography in 2014.